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Art1st uses Art Education to transform children, teachers and the world. As kids we are fearless and uninhibited in our imagination. And we have so many of them!

Established in 2009, Art1st radically reimagines pedagogy, creativity, visual literacy and cultural awareness through an inclusive arts education program and advocacy efforts. We have our own ideas--simple, strong, vivid and original. Our lines go on a walk, we can make elephants turn blue, fish fly and give horses wings. Art1st seeks to keep the spirit alive with its Art Education Program, which

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Art1st Foundation is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Art1st Artist-Educator Grant 2024-25, designed to foster creative and critical engagement between artist-educators, school teachers and students in India. If you are deeply involved in creative and artistic pedagogy at school level and wish to collaborate with school teachers and children apply now.

This year's grantee will work closely with our partner school - Jeevan Shikhsha Pahal School of Muskaan Bhopal.

Period: One Year (details in google form)

Application Deadline: 20th June 2024

Grant Reward: 100,000 INR

How to Apply:
Click the link given below to access the application form. Complete the required details, upload necessary documents, and submit.

*Who can Apply:*
Applicants must be Indian citizens. Overseas Citizens of India and non-resident Indians are ineligible. Applications are open to candidates who have a Master's degree in any discipline but with consistent artistic and pedagogical practice during or post their Master's degree. *OR 6 years of equivalent work and experience in artistic and pedagogical practice* .. Proficiency in Hindi and English is preferable.

For any queries, contact us at [email protected] with the subject line "Artist Educator Grant 2024-25."

About Partner School:
Jeevan Shiksha Pahal, a school initiated by Muskaan (Bhopal), aims to address the limitations of the conventional education system. It focuses on providing a relevant and meaningful model for marginalized communities, fostering reassurance, confidence, and pride in their identity among children. The school emphasizes critical examination of social structures, prioritizing personal growth, emotional well-being, and self-exploration through art and other forms alongside academic achievements.

Link for the Application Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bnpqUWbJ1BEWabZ45_J4EXDTUNAoD-6xFrF3SkPaaZQ/edit

Photos from Art1st's post 01/06/2024

We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Art1st Artist-Educator Grant 2024-25, designed to foster creative and critical engagement between artist-educators, school teachers and students in India. If you are deeply involved in creative and artistic pedagogy at school level and wish to collaborate with school teachers and children apply now. This year's grantee will work closely with Jeevan Shikhsha Pahal School of Muskaan Bhopal.

Period: One Year (details in google form)

Application Deadline: 20th June 2024

Grant Reward: 100,000 INR

How to Apply:
Click the link given below to access the application form. Complete the required details, upload necessary documents, and submit.

Who can Apply:
Applicants must be Indian citizens. Overseas Citizens of India and non-resident Indians are ineligible. Applications are open to candidates who have a Master's degree in any discipline but with consistent artistic and pedagogical practice during or post their Master's degree. OR 6 years of equivalent work and experience in artistic and pedagogical practice.. Proficiency in Hindi and English is preferable.

For any queries, contact us at [email protected] with the subject line "Artist Educator Grant 2024-25."

About Partner School:
Jeevan Shiksha Pahal, a school initiated by Muskaan (Bhopal), aims to address the limitations of the conventional education system. It focuses on providing a relevant and meaningful model for marginalized communities, fostering reassurance, confidence, and pride in their identity among children. The school emphasizes critical examination of social structures, prioritizing personal growth, emotional well-being, and self-exploration through art and other forms alongside academic achievements.

Link for the Application Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bnpqUWbJ1BEWabZ45_J4EXDTUNAoD-6xFrF3SkPaaZQ/edit

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21/05/2024

Please join us for an insightful talk with our very first Artist-Educator Grantee Kripa.

Artist-Educator Grantee Kripa spent a year collaborating with teachers at Har Mandir School, a free part-residential school for underprivileged children, mainly from tribal backgrounds, in Kodagu, Karnataka. Kripa will share her journey of integrating artistic methods into education, including reflective walks along the Kaveri river, exploring its essence through songs, documentation, geography, and understanding its broader socio-political context. Learn how these enriching experiences can be incorporated into classroom learning.

Kripa's engagement as Artist Educator with the teachers and children at Har Mandir Primary School in Madikeri is supported by Art1st's Artist-Educator Grant, which fosters creative and critical engagement, allowing artist-educators to work with teachers at selected schools, guiding them in various art-teaching methods.

Register through the link to receive a Zoom invite.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16PYSArZzD0GpJcHDTJbHd30WInTl7Y3LiBt4A9pcqNM/viewform?edit_requested=true
And stay tuned for the announcement of the 2024-25 Artist-Educator Grant!

18/05/2024

Join us as we launch our book Art is a Voice tomorrow!

In Art is a Voice, artist and illustrator couples eleven verses with vivid illustrations, interspersed with the works of eleven contemporary Indian artists. Published by and , the book introduces readers to activism through art, and urges us all to care, connect and contribute. The book is supported by .prakar.

RSVP to book your place at Nine Fish Gallery, Mumbai on the 19th of May.

The panel discussion will be followed by an exhibition of the original illustrations from the book.

See you there!




 

Photos from Art1st's post 18/05/2024

During the annual 3-day training session at DPS Pune, from April 29 to May 1, teachers eagerly engaged in the "Tumhara Mera Ghar" activity, which involved the creation of 'homes', each a symbolic representation of the diverse facets of their lives. Pairs were formed based on shared concepts, such as class, caste, gender, and more. The pairs meticulously designed their homes, integrating elements that reflect their individual identities, cultures, and lifestyles. To enhance the authenticity of their creations, teachers contributed personal materials, such as cherished old bedsheets. Mentors Lokesh and Achal, began the activity with an insightful introduction, sparking lively discussions among teachers on the conceptualization and ex*****on of their collaborative projects. 

Image 1 & 2:  During a sharing circle, Shantanu sir revealed that Sunil sir once swiftly sketched his portrait. In a planned activity, Sunil sir aimed to recreate this memory by having Mangesh sir cook Bhaturas while Sunil painted them, but after a twist, they opted for discussing the environment through shadow puppetry.

Image 3 &4:  
The teachers, coming from contrasting backgrounds, shared personal stories. Nandini ma'am faced childhood restrictions on her career choice, while Gunjan ma'am enjoyed freedom. Achal proposed they incorporate these narratives into their home-making lessons, using cloth, plants, tables, and cardboard.

Image 5 & 6: 
Reshma ma'am, Preeti ma'am and Sanjay sir used the three spaces under their roofs as individual rooms reflecting their personalities. A central area served as a common space for group activities and reading. Additionally, they intended to repurpose the installation as a children’s reading room in their classroom.

Image 7 & 8: Suraj sir recreated his dimly lit room to convey feelings of confinement and solitude. Meanwhile, his partner Shantanu sir prepared a secret dance routine.

Image 9 & 10: 
Suman sir and Chandan sir used bamboo, books, plants, and existing room elements to blur the boundary between home and nature. They aimed to deconstruct the notion of a house, employing tactical materials for an experiential installation.

16/05/2024

Join us for the launch of Art is a Voice this Sunday!

In Art is a Voice, artist and illustrator couples eleven verses with vivid illustrations, interspersed with the works of eleven contemporary Indian artists. Published by and , the book introduces readers to activism through art, and urges us all to care, connect and contribute.

RSVP to book your place at Nine Fish Gallery, Mumbai on the 19th of May.

The panel discussion will be followed by an exhibition of the original illustrations from the book.

See you there!




 

Photos from Art1st's post 13/05/2024

In the second instalment of our series, , illustrator talks about how her love for Pyne's work along with Vaishali's writing inspired her art in 'Ganesh Pyne's Twilight Dreams'.

Swipe to see how the initial sketches developed into the final book!✨




Photos from Art1st's post 10/05/2024

During the Annual Training at The Millennium School Amritsar from April 24th to April 26th, teachers participated in an activity called "Mapping their Day," led by mentors Pakhi and Ashis.

On the first day, teachers were encouraged to reflect upon and write about their everyday life, detailing their daily routines. Following this, they were tasked with capturing photographic moments of themselves engaged in these daily tasks. These images, along with contributions from magazines, were then assembled into a collective collage, delineating the chronological progression of a typical day.

The collage comprised segments representing different facets of their lives: one depicting home life, another depicting the school and work environment, and a third illustrating activities beyond the routine. Together, these segments formed a comprehensive timeline, offering insight into the daily journey of art teachers from dawn to dusk.

After creating the collage, the mentors asked the teachers to give it a theme. The teachers then turned the collage into a bag and named it "Parchaiya/Shadow." This bag became a part of the project, representing the theme, "the bag of time," symbolizing their daily experiences.

07/05/2024

✨Block your dates✨

Join us at Nine Fish Gallery, Mumbai on the 19th of May, for the launch of Art is a Voice, published by and .

Stay tuned for more details! And don't forget to RSVP to book your spot!




Photos from Art1st's post 06/05/2024

During the Annual Training at The Millennium School Amritsar, held between 24 and 26 April, teachers participated in an "Art in Everyday Life" activity facilitated by mentors Ashis and Pakhi. They explored how cinema can be a powerful educational tool through selected excerpts from the poignant Marathi film, Fandry (2013, Nagraj Manjule). As the film clips were played, they sparked introspection among the teachers, particularly regarding the pervasive issue of caste discrimination and violence, and its insidious impact on daily existence. In a series of reflective sessions guided by the mentors, teachers delved into the complexities of these themes, exploring their personal connections and societal implications.

Utilizing clay as a medium for expression, the mentors encouraged the teachers to consider its significance beyond mere materiality. Encouraged to reflect upon the philosophical dimensions of their chosen medium, teachers started working towards shaping clay into tangible representations of their interpretations of caste dynamics and the cinematic vignettes they had just experienced.

Image 1-4: Teachers interpretations of the clips of the film being played

Image 5: Still from Fandry (Nagraj Manjule)

Photos from Art1st's post 06/05/2024

During the Annual Training at The Millennium School Amritsar, held between 24 and 26 April, teachers participated in an "Art in Everyday Life" activity facilitated by mentors Ashis and Pakhi. They explored how cinema can be a powerful educational tool through selected excerpts from the poignant Marathi film, Fandry (2014, Nagraj Manjule). As the film clips were played, they sparked introspection among the teachers, particularly regarding the pervasive issue of caste discrimination and violence, and its insidious impact on daily existence. In a series of reflective sessions guided by the mentors, teachers delved into the complexities of these themes, exploring their personal connections and societal implications.

Utilizing clay as a medium for expression, the mentors encouraged the teachers to consider its significance beyond mere materiality. Encouraged to reflect upon the philosophical dimensions of their chosen medium, teachers started working towards shaping clay into tangible representations of their interpretations of caste dynamics and the cinematic vignettes they had just experienced.

Photos from Art1st's post 26/04/2024

Introducing our new feature, , where we talk to the creators of our new book, 'Ganesh Pyne's Twilight Dreams'.

This week, author tells us how she journeyed into Pyne's life and carefully crafted the story we read in 'Ganesh Pyne's Twilight Dreams'.

Swipe to see how her early ideas developed into the final book!👀📖





Photos from Art1st's post 24/04/2024

The recent online 3 day session with LOKA teachers facilitated by Ashis and Sukriti, focused on fostering a nuanced discussion among teachers and student mentors, delving into classroom experiences related to 'Creative Thinking.'

Here are some reflections participants shared after completing the session:

"Shilpi - We all got the same assignments but the results and thoughts of all participants were different. We learned about time management, to improve our listening power and be more conscious of word use. An exercise I guided for participants was: we often focus on the big abstract things at school but what about the small things that affect our daily lives? What about the beauty of a rose flower? Do we notice it? Can we be more like flowers in our lives? I asked participants to think more deeply about a flower, and create a work of art around it.

Indu - There was love in the workshop. Everybody was happy, feeling capable, supporting each other.

Neesha - Ideas were flowing during the entire session.

Madhu - We were both student and teacher and realised the limitations of time and material and our mind having the capacity to be unlimited.

Sandeep - Children have everything: they are creative, have learning minds, are connected to nature. It is us who are suppressing them in keeping those connections alive. Teachers need to become more like children -and think like children do. That will help us to create an atmosphere of understanding and bridge the gap between teacher and student."

Image Courtesy & Reflections Courtesy: Charlotte Leech and Sanat Kumar

23/04/2024

Happy World Book Day from Art1st!📚♥️

Let's celebrate the comfort, joy and pleasure of a good book by buying one today!✨

Tell us what your favourite Art1st book is in the comments below🙌🏽





23/04/2024

Happy World Book Day from Art1st!📚♥️

Let's celebrate the comfort, joy and pleasure of a good book by buying one today!✨

Tell us what your favourite Art1st book is in the comments below🙌🏽




Photos from Art1st's post 18/04/2024

✨Cover reveal✨

We're thrilled to finally unveil the cover of 'Ganesh Pyne's Twilight Dreams', our new book in the Art Exploration Series, written by , illustrated by and designed by

Stay tuned for more!

Photos from Art1st's post 15/04/2024

Happy World Art Day!!🎨✨

This year, we are celebrating World Art Day in collaboration with Hexaware, which has supported our Art1st Art Education Program in Antar Bharti Balgram, Lonavala and Vivekanand School, Mumbai. Over the past two years, our Artist Mentor has closely collaborated with teachers from both schools. Together, they've enhanced teacher capacity, explored teaching methodologies, and facilitated creative dialogue, resulting in increased student engagement and interest in art.

Through monthly activities, students delve into the intricate details of various art elements using diverse tools such as Visual Thinking Strategy, discussions, performances, storytelling, and outdoor exploration within the school premises. Moreover, teachers integrate art into other subjects, leveraging activities like games to deepen conceptual understanding.

These initiatives go beyond classrooms, empowering students to embrace art daily. Here are some inspiring activities by teachers and Art1st mentors, igniting creativity among students!

Photos from Art1st's post 11/04/2024

It's Jamini Roy's 137th birthday!!

Known as a rebel artist, Jamini Roy rejected his western training and chose to develop his own voice as an artist by finding his own translation of folk art. His work is a meditation of fluid, unbroken lines

We're celebrating Jamini Roy and his myriad of characters by taking a closer look at 'Jamini Roy's Unbroken Lines'. Written by and illustrated by , this book follows a young Jamini Roy as he navigates his artistic inclinations, and encourages children to embrace his world of vibrant colours, playful characters and intricate design.




Photos from Art1st's post 04/04/2024

After the teacher training session at Antar Bharti Balgram school in Lonavala, one of the teachers, Kumar sir, took his classroom outside, where he stressed on the collective essence of Warli Art, and fostered teamwork through various activities. Cultural practices and rituals were conveyed through discussions, materials, and videos, aiding students' connection with the art's figures and cultural contexts.

Performance and gestures effectively mirrored the paintings, and students enthusiastically participated. Kumar sir initiated projects to enhance the art room's surroundings, collaborating with students to decorate a tree, paint walls, and repurpose materials for seating.

Here are some of the beautification projects incorporating Warli Art by the students!

03/04/2024

Art1st is going to Italy! We are delighted to participate in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) as part of their BBPlus Invitation Programme! And this year we are going as proud nominees of the Bologna Prize for the Best Children's Publisher of the Year.


See you at BCBF at the World Lounge, Hall 29, Mall 1, from 8th to 11th April 2024!


Photos from Art1st's post 02/04/2024

Honoured to receive two awards at the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2023!🥰

Congratulations to , and ✨




Photos from Art1st's post 28/03/2024

Art1st is proud to announce that our books have been shortlisted 3 times for the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2023!





Photos from Art1st's post 16/03/2024

During the recent Peers Learning Session, mentors Achal and Akshay delved into an intriguing activity titled 'Mapping Houses: Exploring Gender Dynamics within Domestic Spaces'.

In this exercise, participants swiftly sketched a layout of their homes, highlighting specific rooms and details. Each participant then assigned colours to three chosen family members and charted their typical daily routes. Participants engaged in reflective dialogue, examining these mapped journeys to discern patterns indicative of gendered roles and disparities.

Here are some examples of the participants' sketches.

Photo 1:

Krishna ma’am - pink; her son - black; her husband - blue.

-After returning from school, Krishna ma’am relaxes on the sofa, enjoys her favourite coffee, and listens to music. Later, she cooks for the family.
-Her son returns, snacks at the dining table, and heads to his bedroom.
-Upon returning from work, her husband changes clothes, freshens up, goes for a walk, eats dinner, and then retires to the bedroom for the night.

Photo 2:

Shama ma’am- orange; her daughter- red; her son- blue.

Shama ma’am recounted her routine with playful humour, saying, "Sir, I go straight to my room when I get home and stay there." When asked about household chores, she said her daughter handles them. When queried about cooking, she joked, "Why do what you don't like? We order takeout and then dance after eating. My daughter serves the food from the kitchen. And mind you, I'm still in my room, haven't moved." She continued with this amusing tone throughout.

This discussion prompted probing inquiries into household responsibilities and the nuanced concept of domestic labour.

08/03/2024

We are so excited to announce that Art1st has been shortlisted for the prestigious Publisher of the Year (Asia) Prize 2024!





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Photos from Art1st's post 29/02/2024

Art1st has a new book coming out in the Art Exploration series, on the life and works of artist Ganesh Haloi. , the author of the book, will be conducting a series of workshops on Haloi at the exhibition, "Ganesh Haloi: Re-citations: rhymes about land, water and sky- Six Decades of Painting".

Join us, from 1 to 3 March 2024, from 3pm to 6pm at the Birla Academy Of Art And Culture, Kolkata, as we delve into the art of Ganesh Haloi.




23/02/2024

Let’s Break Free together at this weekend, as we look at life from Meera Mukherjee’s eyes and create a version of ourselves that we want to be, not what others want us to be.

There will be clay you can sculpt and mould and unmould the way you like, and share a story that can inspire everyone in the room. There’s always a story.

Join us, along with author , at the session from 3:30 pm onwards at the Library of Solutions at , tomorrow, 24 February!

09/02/2024

Art1st is thrilled to announce its presence at the New Delhi World Book Fair, stationed at the Harper Collins stall from February 10th to February 18th. We invite you to drop by!

Photos from Art1st's post 08/02/2024

Likla and Shambhavi were in conversation with Anubhav Nath at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2024 on February 5, speaking about their book 'Eye Spy Indigenous Art'. Shambhavi spoke deeply about the design process in creating a carefully interactive and vibrant book such as this, as well as her own observations as a designer and ceramicist. Likla shared her interesting and winding research journey and the many people who made this book possible. There was a resounding joy, respect and appreciation for the many indigenous forms, so close to home, for the people around India. We are grateful for platforms such as this, where we can advocate for the localised, diverse, creative and intensive possibilities of art education.

01/02/2024

Written by and designed by and , Eye Spy: Indigenous Arts, is a magical collection of folk and tribal art traditions across India. Bringing together the magic of eight indigenous painting traditions, the illustrative narrative explores the genesis, stories, techniques and artists that have kept these traditions alive across the country.

Join us at the Jaipur Literature Festival, with Likla Lall and Shambhavi Thakur, along with Anubhav Nath from , on a conversation around the indigenous art traditions of India.




Photos from Art1st's post 29/01/2024

We concluded our training sessions at Loka school on 19 January.

Here is what Charlotte Emma Leech, from Loka, had to say about one of the sessions.

"Storytelling first in words and then making them part of the space: visual stories. The latest training by of Art1st for Loka teachers and interns - to integrate art as a subject and a way of learning, especially for junior students.
Social science teacher Nandini embodied and spoke for nature; the Himalayas being the crown of her head and her arms and hands depicting trees. "I wore medals before, but this is the first time I wear nature as a medal." She identified with nature to the extend of feeling the pain of its destruction. "Nature gives, we humans take. Can we human beings learn from nature the art of giving? The grand giving of beauty and joy by the Himalayas. The river that flows and holds on to what is good, lets go of toxins. The trees that give shade. Can we human beings give goodness like nature?"
Shankar and Indu combined their stories about human migration from village to city and framed them with trees: "Village people are pulled towards the cities. Can we strengthen our villages? If we, who were born here, don't appreciate and uplift our rural spaces, who will? By giving our best we can change the narrative of villages being backward and only cities being spaces of progress. When we start putting our energy in being a new kind of village, we will be able to have an equal conversation." Shankar and Indu used grasses, straw, charcoal, the dust of bricks and powdered limestone for their visual story."

Image Courtesy: LOKA

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